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About Tutor and Piano

hired 5 times on Thumbtack

I work one-on-one with students to troubleshoot and fix their learning problems.

I teach all school subjects and all grades, including SAT and ACT. I teach ESL (English as a Second Language) and also teach these online.

I'm also a composer, and I teach piano and songwriting. Besides that, I teach beginning Japanese.

All of these classes are in or near Windsor Locks, Connecticut, and some are online via Skype or Facetime.

I have over 25 years of experience teaching these subjects.


Windsor Locks, CT 06096


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  • 5/5 stars

    Debi is an amazing teacher who is great with keeping our kids inspired to play piano. She is creative and exposes them to different styles of music, has them compose pieces, teaches them theory and, according to our 11 year old son, "makes it very fun". We are impressed with the piano skills they have acquired and have yet to hear them complain about having to practice. Thank you Debi!

  • 5/5 stars

    My daughter has taken piano with Debi for four years and worked with her on various subjects including math, reading comprehension and retention. I can't recommend her highly enough! Debi is a very skilled instructor who has a knack for teaching to each individual student in a way that brings out the best in them. Subjects are taught with humor and fun and activities are switched frequently so lessons aren't dull or arduous. I feel that Debi really focuses on and understands my daughter and her individual learning style. It has made a big difference in my daughter's confidence in her school work. Now she excels in subjects she used to say she was "bad" at.

  • 5/5 stars

    Debi was the most respectful business-oriented ESL teacher for me when I lived in Boulder, CO; after I moved out from there, she has been a dependable person for me to ask a variety of business related English questions.
    After a while, I decided to resume our ESL lessons through video Skype; her classes are always well planed, goal-oriented, and at the same time, very flexible. I enjoy her classes every week while learning new aspects of English as well as improving my English.

  • 5/5 stars

    My son was on a waiting list for a year for piano lessons with Debi Stevenson. We were just about to look for another teacher when we finally got the call, and we know now how lucky we are we waited. He's excelled far beyond our expectations, loving it from day one. Debi holds the perfect characteristics for a teacher: gracious and kind; talented and inspiring. She motivates her kids through many creative means, keeping them excited during lessons and assigning challenging, kid-focused projects that keep them inspired all year long. My son practices on his own, never having to be told. Debi provided him a foundation for learning and a love of music that has already -- in just two years -- moved him on to other instruments and to composing music on his own. She's a great teacher.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. I love all of my work. I want each person to discover
what they can be, and how great it feels to achieve.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Look for a tutor who avoids following the labels that schools have
set for your child. Look for a teacher who sees each student as unique, searches for reasons why the problem exists, and comes up with
solutions. Look for a piano teacher who teaches more
than just reading notes.
Look for someone who loves their work.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I solve individual problems of all kinds. I love learning, and
want everyone to enjoy learning.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I like that my work can help turn a person around. When they solve
their learning problems, the jewel that's inside really shines. It changes
their lives.
I also love to study and research, and I do extensive research for
each one of my students. I don't want to miss any new technique
that may help one person or another. Each person learns differently,
and I learn a lot from that experience.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. If you don't have an opening, can I get on your waiting list?
Absolutely !

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. I love to see how people blossom when they get that they really can do it.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. I work one-on-one, because every single person really does learn differently.
I like to discover and tap into each person's learning styles and inspire them to learn more.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I started years ago teaching English to some friends who barely spoke English, and loved that I was learning at the same time !

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. I have young piano students who can hold their own at jazz jam sessions. I smile when my math, reading, and writing students learn HOW to study, and do it willingly. I've enjoyed teaching piano students who are seriously disabled, but are able to release their feelings at the piano. I love teaching international people all aspects of the English language, and have discovered a lot of things along the way. When reading students get that they really can read, they beam. I love that.

Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.

A. I wrote the contents for an app, called Japanese Verb Master, to help people understand how Japanese verbs conjugate. The project took 5 years to develop.
I had some technical help, and it's up and going. Now I'm working on another Japanese app about adjectives.

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. The more you do, the more your passion for it will increase.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. I have a knack for figuring out how to inspire each person to learn.

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. I'm always trying to improve my Japanese, my piano playing, and more! I love to study!

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